Monday, May 12, 2008
Burns: The Sweet Truth
Bee better faster after a burn. How? The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, in a review of 15 studies, gives the answer: honey (http://ijl.sagepub.com). Burned skin recovered faster, up to four times faster, covered with honey instead of antibiotic creams and modern burn dressings. A natural anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, honey eases the ouch while it promotes healing. The process: Cool the burn, smear honey on gauze, apply it to the burn, change the sweet dressing twice a day. Find a doc if the burn is serious. And, if you don't spread the honey on gauze, you can spread it on a cracker.